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Slovenia at a Glance

Working in Slovenia

Are you an expat looking for job positions in Slovenia? Discover this rapid growing economy — the top within the Slavic countries — with a strong potential in the finance and services sectors. Continue for more about the economy, work permits and social security in Slovenia.

Economic Overview

Slovenia has the richest economy of all the Slavic countries, and currently has a GDP per capita at 83% of the EU28 average. Despite being hurt by the economic crisis of 2008, Slovenia's economy has remained strong in the years since, and it has served far better than some other European nations. This strong economy is predicated on trade with other European countries, including Germany, Italy, and France. It is estimated that around 66% of trade is conducted with other EU members.

Slovenia’s other traditional industries are agriculture, fishing, and forestry, however, these now only account for around 2.5% of the country's GDP, with the service and financial industries making up around half of the country's economic output. One area where traditional industry is growing, however, is organic farming — located in the Alpe-Adria bioregion, organic farming now accounts for 3.3% of Slovenia's agricultural output.

Where at one time Slovenia resisted foreign investment in the local economy, they have now opened themselves up other countries, with Croatia and American company Goodyear making significant investments in the last twenty years.

Work Permits for Slovenia

As Slovenia is a full member of the EU, as an EU citizen you will not need a permit for working in Slovenia. However, if you are planning to stay for more than three months then you must apply for a residence permit, even though you are an EU citizen.

For those relocating from outside the EU, you will need to follow the work permit application process in order to legally work in Slovenia and apply for a residence permit as well. You can start this process by contacting a Slovenian embassy or consulate, or contacting the Slovenian Ministry of Interior directly. In addition, your work permit will be awarded on the condition of your employer, but if they are keen on gaining you as an employee, then this should not be a problem.

Social Security in Slovenia

Slovenia has a comprehensive social security system for those working in the country. Under the provisions of Slovenia's constitution, the state must make adequate arrangements for healthcare, pensions, and disability benefits. They also have specific programs targeted to help at risk citizens and their families, and those who cannot find work due to a permanent disability or other ailment.

In terms of pensions and retirement, Slovenia's provisions are similar to those elsewhere in Europe, and is set up to help the most vulnerable citizens. Expatriates are eligible for these schemes, but your employer must register you with the correct government department upon the start of work in order for you to qualify. Expatriates might also want to check out the possibility of a social security agreement between Slovenia and their country of origin.

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